Competitions

CA State Fair Golden Bear Award

Competitors from all over the state compete for top honors and cash prizes. Whether you are an exhibitor or a spectator, the California State Fair is the place to be to experience the best of California’s traditions, culture, and cuisine.

We are excited to continue our 170-year tradition this summer of showcasing the Best of California during the California State Fair. Join us from July 12-28, 2024 to celebrate all the amazing things that California has to offer!

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California Commercial Wine

Professionally judged to recognize the best wines produced in California.
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CA Commercial Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Honoring the best extra virgin olive oils grown, processed and packaged in California.
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California Commercial Cheese

Celebrating the craftsmanship & unique character of California cheesemakers.
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California Commercial Craft Beer

A competition among the best breweries California has to offer.
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California Cannabis

Showcasing California's finest cannabis flower and craft cultivators.
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Home Wine

Supporting, promoting, and recognizing the talent of the successful home winemaker!
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Homebrew

Celebrating the hard work of amateur home brewer.
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Canning and Baking

Celebrating California’s best adult & youth home bakers and canners.
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Open Livestock

Competitions showcasing a variety of livestock.

Junior Livestock

Junior Livestock is home to the best of California's youth FFA programs.

County Fair Best Of Show

Enjoy watching the best exhibitors from every county, citrus, and district fair compete

Small Animals

Recognizing the hard work of Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4H, and Grange members.
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Ag Mechanics

Enjoy the best projects built from California high school FFA students and 4-H members.

Crafts

Winning crafts will be proudly displayed during the Fair.
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Student Showcase

Student Showcase recognizes the best of California youth entries.
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Photography

Showcase your skills and talent along with other amazing photographers like yourself.
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Fine Art

One of the largest judged art shows in the Golden State.

Plein Air at the Fair Contest

Both novice and experts alike are invited to capture the iconic images of the Fair.
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Bear Cup Esports Tournament

Competitors from around the GALAXY go head to head in the biggest titles in gaming.
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Corn Dog Eating Contest

Participants will be given a set time to eat as many corn dogs as they can!
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Save Mart Pie Eating Contest

Participate in a good old fashioned pie eating contest!